Zurlo said he was touched the party set aside the evening to honor him and that so many of his friends - nearly 200 people overall - were able to make it to the event.
"I really appreciated them honoring me for my years of service working for the party and for the people of the area and the county," said Zurlo. "I was impressed so many of my friends came to see me. I never would have expected to see so many people."
In addition to his career with the county, Zurlo was commended for his work as an educator, having served as a high school business teacher for 34 years with the Northeastern Clinton Central School District before his retirement in 1994.